Scientific Name: Hippocampus erectus

Found In: From Brazil up to Nova Scotia/Aquatic habitats to 330 feet deep, usually associated with aquatic vegetation such as mangroves or coral, rocky, or oyster reefs

Size: Adults average 2 to 7 inches in length

Diet: Carnivore. Diet consists of small crustaceans, mollusks, and zoo plankton

Threat Level: Vulnerable. The exotic pet/aquarium trade, shrimp fishing, and exploitation for traditional medicinal practices are the major threats to this species

Facts: Lined seahorses greet their partners each morning with a dance to enforce their monogamous bond

Lined seahorse swimming at the Virginia Zoo.